What is a Pediatric Dentist?
Dentists who specialize in pediatric dentistry must receive two years of additional post-graduate training and limit their practices to the treatment of children. Drs. Price and Fontenot, while they enjoy treating children, are licensed as general dentists.
Like all general dentists, Drs. Price and Fontenot received the training to meet your children’s basic dental needs in dental school. There may be some occasions when a child would require specialized care, and in those situations, they will refer you to a specialist. Meanwhile, many families like being able to receive dental care for the whole family from one dental office.
Your Child’s First Visit
It’s a good idea to bring your child in at an early age, long before there is a dental problem to address. Drs. Price and Fontenot see children as early as age two, and our goal is to create a positive experience for your child. That way, when they need something more than a simple cleaning, they won’t be afraid. Our entire staff is dedicated to this goal. And we want you to know that we practice pain-free dentistry. So if and when your child needs a tooth filled or a more complex treatment, we can administer novocaine so your child won’t even feel it.
An Emphasis on Prevention
We’ll be your partner in helping your child establish the lifelong habits that enable dental health. We also put a high priority on preventive services for your child, including fluoride treatments and dental sealants that seal out decay before it ever starts.
Another aspect of prevention is creating healthy attitudes toward dental care. As many as one in three adults in America have some kind of dental phobia that makes it difficult or impossible to get the dental care they need. Sometimes this fear is established at an early age after a traumatic dental experience. That’s why we practice pain-free dentistry with a gentle chairside manner.
Click here to read a page of useful dental tips for parents. And if you’re ready to schedule an appointment for a child or for your entire family, please call our office.